By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt
Environmental advocates have renewed legal efforts to revoke U.S. Navy contractor Tetra Tech’s license to handle radiological materials based on the civil engineering firm’s connection to a toxic cleanup fraud at the Hunters Point Shipyard.
Last June, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice moved to bar Tetra Tech from conducting radiological remediation work nationally by filing a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a federal agency charged with licensure.
More than a year after the national petition was filed, the NRC confirmed earlier this month that it will hear Greenaction’s claim. Steven Castleman, an attorney for the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic of the Golden Gate University School of Law, which filed the petition on behalf of Greenaction, said that a date has not been set for the hearing, but that he expects it to take place sometime in September… (more)
About time someone takes action on this. You would think the evidence would have already promoted investigations by government agencies. But, he evidence points directly at the government where coverups are concerned. For more details read the article that ran in the SF Chronicle below: Working in a Wasteland.
By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt
Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?…
As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) implementing Guidelines, many landowners and members of the regulated community have far greater concerns about the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) ever-expanding call for land use restrictions in its greenhouse-gas-reduction regime…
CEQA Guidelines, SB 743 and VMT
One of the primary topics at issue in the CEQA Guidelines’ proposed revisions has to do with traffic impacts…
CARB and Land Use
At issue is the latest iteration of CARB’s blueprint for reducing emissions across all sectors of the California economy, the Scoping Plan,1 which is required under AB 32, the 2006 law that formally set mandates for California’s emissions reductions quantity and timing…
Natural and Working Landscapes
Climate science has long noted a capacity of open space, agricultural areas, forests and other “natural” areas to sequester and hold carbon emissions…
Ironically, a California court of appeal recently ruled in an unpublished decision that CEQA does not require a greater mitigation ratio than 1:1 for replacement of lost or converted farmland. As a climate impact, however, it is not at all clear that a similarly balanced ratio will govern under CARB’s new regime… (more)
by Lauren Sommer : kqed – excerpt (includes audio)
For a century, California has harnessed its water with concrete, building dams and reservoirs on an epic scale.
Now, as the state prepares to hand out $2.7 billion for new water storage projects, it looks as though that era of dam-building might be ending.
During the height of the California’s 5-year drought, state voters approved new funding for water storage as part of Proposition 1. This week, the California Water Commission will allocate those funds to the eight projects that have qualified after a lengthy analysis.
Some projects are classic dams, but several won’t get the windfall they’d been hoping for. Instead, next-generation projects are in the running, like using the state’s vast network of natural underground aquifers for water storage… (more)
By Joseph Geha : eastbaytimes – excerpt
FREMONT — A state appeals court has ruled that a full environmental impact report is needed before a nearly 100-townhouse development planned for the historic Niles district of Fremont can proceed.
The decision marks another victory for a small group of steadfast Niles residents who more than three years ago took legal action to halt the Niles Gateway project, proposed by developer Valley Oak Partners and approved by the City Council in March 2015.
“It means that we get another shot at getting a better project for the community,” Robert Daulton, a resident of the district and founding member of Protect Niles, said of the decision Thursday.
The ruling from a three-justice panel of the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, handed down Monday, affirms a March 2017 ruling from Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch… (more)
It is interesting to note that Fresno was just rated one of the least stressful cities to live in. Maybe this is why. They feel empowered to protect their preferred lifestyle.
By Robyn Purchia :
About 150 miles beyond the Bay lies the Tuolumne River. Many San Franciscans visit the area to fish, raft, attend music festivals and see the bald eagles, beavers and river otters that call the area home. The river also visits us. Every time we turn on the tap, we welcome Tuolumne water collected in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir into our home.
It should come as no surprise that taking water from the river impacts wildlife. Historically, the fall Chinook salmon run numbered 100,000. The number has declined to only a few hundred in recent years. While there are multiple reasons, the amount of water diverted is a major factor.
Thankfully, the state is closer to improving conditions for salmon and other wildlife. Following almost a decade of research, the State Water Resources Control Board released its final Bay Delta Plan earlier this month. Environmentalists and fishing associations label it a modest measure to increase the amount of water flowing in the Tuolumne.
But the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in partnership with the Modesto and Turlock Irrigation Districts still oppose the plan. Officials say the plan could leave users vulnerable in times of drought…
Before the SFPUC responds to the Bay Delta Plan, it should hold a meeting to educate the public and take comment. To date, the agency has only discussed the matter in closed session. But the fate of such a vital resource deserves more sunshine…Ask me more by emailing email@example.com.
Robyn Purchia is an environmental attorney, environmental blogger and environmental activist who hikes, gardens and tree hugs in her spare time. Check her out at robynpurchia.com... (more)
We support the pubic discussion about our water plan. The public needs to know the impact the additional population is having on our water system. Just how close we are to reaching certain limits.
By Brisbane Citizens for Responsible Development : brisbane411 – excerpt
Video clip of Heminger saying “We (sort of ) told the truth to Brisbane” – from savemarinwood
A developer is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a campaign to triple Brisbane’s housing on the Baylands. They’ve convinced state legislators to threaten Brisbane with legislation that hijacks the City’s review process while forcing us to change our General Plan and approve all of these homes with limited oversight.
The truth about this land has been lost in the noise of the housing debate. Brisbane is not against housing or growth. In fact, Brisbane just approved a 12%+ increase in new housing development. Here’s the truth: while the Baylands should be developed, the risks to health and human safety are too high to make it a place that families call home. Here’s what the developer neglected to mention:
The complex area known as the Baylands was originally the San Francisco Bay. The railroad (now Caltrain) was built in 1905 through the bay.
A large portion of land west of the tracks was partially filled in when San Francisco dumped the rubble from the 1906 earthquake. All of the fill east of the tracks to 101 freeway was an unregulated dump where San Francisco’s garbage filled in the bay from the 1920s until 1967. See it here.
A major part of the Baylands was home to the Southern Pacific heavy rail maintenance yard, where the EPA found such high levels of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals that they insisted the site be fenced in to keep people out…
Here you will find the facts about the ongoing story in Brisbane. Read our March 2018 PRESS RELEASE here... (more)
The Millennium Tower lawsuits will lead the way as the number of mistakes due to bad engineering and fake tests skyrockets around the bay. We have maps of landfill. Building on these filled, toxic soils is the epitome of dumb when we know they are building on toxic unstable land and some of us will be around to stand as witnesses when the time comes. So maybe writing all those letters pointing out the obvious to the decision makers is not such a waste after all.
The only safe choice is to move development away from the waterfront to higher, non-toxic ground. There is still un-built land inland between the Bay and the Ocean if they have to be on the peninsula. There is also a lot of land further East if those communities want to grow. I don’t want to send our problems to another Bay community that wants to live in peace.
The Canary in the Coal Mine
By Tim Redmond : 48hills -excerpt
The Central Soma Plan – which will open South of Market to the equivalent of a new downtown, with office space for at least 33,000 more workers and housing for 8,300 people – comes before the supes twice this week.
On Monday/16, the Board of Supes Land Use and Transportation Committee takes up the crux of the legislation that would rezone a fairly large swath of the city.
Then, on Tuesday/17, the full board hears an appeal by several community groups who are challenging the validity of the plan’ Environmental Impact Report, saying that, among other things, it grossly underestimates the impacts of adding more jobs than housing to a city that already has a severe housing shortage…
The Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium, one of the appellants, argues that the EIR doesn’t adequately address the new growth:..
All the city does in this plan is create zoning rules that allow an increase in both types of development… (more)
By Amel Ahmed : kqed – excerpt (includes audio track)
A new report indicates California’s much-heralded carbon trading program may actually be harming the neighborhoods it was designed to protect.
In the first study examining social disparities in California’s cap-and-trade program, researchers found that 52 percent of companies regulated by the program saw an increase in annual average greenhouse gas emissions — and those companies are largely situated in disadvantaged communities, historically hit hardest by environmental pollution… (more)
By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt
An affordable housing development that would transform two parking lots in San Francisco’s northeast waterfront into 178 homes for seniors, families and the formerly homeless is pending approval before the Board of Supervisors after more than three years.
if all goes according to plan, construction would begin in the spring of 2019.
John Stewart, founder of John Stewart Company, the private developer selected by the Mayor’s Office of Housing to build the project along with the nonprofit Bridge Housing Corporation, said the development is a departure from past city-funded projects because it will house a wider range of income earners, from the homeless to those who may be teachers or firefighters.
“I think it is the mother of all mixed incomes in one sense,” Stewart told the Port Commission…
The Port Commission approved the project last week, as did the board’s Budget and Finance Committee on Thursday. Next up is the full board vote on July 24 and later the State Lands Commission in August.
The development is on two contiguous parking lots in the Northeast Waterfront Landmark District — one at 88 Broadway, which is owned by the Port of San Francisco and another at the adjacent 735 Davis St, owned by The City. The site is bounded by Vallejo, Front and Davis streets and Broadway… more)